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Nov 11, 2013 Rev. Cary Stockett
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John 6: 1-14
Topics: John, Passover, 5 barley loaves, 2 fish
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Nov 4, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 4: 32-35 To grow in grace is to grow in compassion and mercy for all people who are broken-including ourselves! Once we start to acknowledge how much we have been blessed by God and have the courage to begin sharing with others, our lives are literally transformed. The Acts story tells us that the believers were one in heart and mind and they shared freely with one another. As they shared, "great grace was upon them all." The Apostle Paul called this willingness to share...
Topics: trannsformed, compassion, mercy, believers
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Oct 28, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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2 Corinthians 8: 1-13; 9:6-8,10-11 Sometimes we cling to our money and possessions because we are afraid. No matter what we profess with our lips, our lives reflect a deep-seated belief in the need for self-preservation. Paul reminds us that our God is able to provide us with the means to be generous. We are called commit ourselves and our future the One from whom all blessings flow!
Topics: money, possessions, generous, blessings flow!
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Oct 21, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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John 15: 1-17 It all begins with God's love for us. That love is continually poured into our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. But God does not force our love in return. We must choose. According to Jesus' image of himself as the Vine, our job is simple. Remain connected to the only source of True Love and Light and our lives will bear fruit. By abiding in the Vine, we are enabled to grow in love and in real relationship with God and with one another.
Topics: John 15, True Love, Light, bear fruit
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Oct 15, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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Acts 15: 1-2, 4, 7-21, 23-29 If I were to sum up the first 14 chapters in Acts in one word I would choose "spontaneous". The Holy Spirit moved spontaneously through people and circumstances to bring the Gospel to the Jews in and beyond Jerusalem and even Gentiles. But the spread of the Gospel also brought the Church to the brink of a Church split between these two distinct groups. It might seem like only the Gentile Churches were at risk, but that impression overlooks the deeper...
Topics: Holy Spirit, Gentiles, Jerusalem, split in church
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Oct 7, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 14: 8-23, 26-28 Paul and Barnabas emerge as the chief evangelizers of the growing church. They are urban missionaries because cities, in the ancient world, were the location of diverse populations. Paul is irrepressible; he boldly continued to bear witness to the risen Jesus to everyone from the least and last to the rich and famous. In this he is God's "chosen instrument" because God wants us all to hear and receive the good news of salvation.
Topics: Paul, Barnabas
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Oct 7, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 14: 8-23, 26-28 Paul and Barnabas emerge as the chief evangelizers of the growing church. They are urban missionaries because cities, in the ancient world, were the location of diverse populations. Paul is irrepressible; he boldly continued to bear witness to the risen Jesus to everyone from the least and last to the rich and famous. In this he is God's "chosen instrument" because God wants us all to hear and receive the good news of salvation.
Topics: Paul, Barnabas, urban missionaries, "chosen instrument"
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Oct 7, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 14:8-23, 26-28 Paul and Barnabas emerge as the chief evangelizers of the growing church. They are urban missionaries because cities, in the ancient world, were the location of diverse populations. Paul is irrepressible; he boldly continued to bear witness to the risen Jesus to everyone from the least and last to the rich and famous. In this he is God's "chosen instrument" because God wants us all to hear and receive the good news of salvation.
Topics: Paul, Barnabas, "chosen instrument", salvation
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Sep 30, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 11: 19-29 When the church's mission moved beyond Jerusalem into new neighborhoods where marginal Jews and uncircumcised Gentiles were evangelized, there was a need for key leaders like Peter and John to help establish core beliefs and practices. But even though Jerusalem maintained a certain level of authority in such matters, the generosity of the congregation at Antioch toward the Jerusalem church in time of need reflects a growing mutuality of care that connects differing faith...
Topics: Christians, Antioch, relationships
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Sep 30, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 11: 19-29 When the church's mission moved beyond Jerusalem into new neighborhoods where marginal Jews and uncircumcised Gentiles were evangelized, there was a need for key leaders like Peter and John to help establish core beliefs and practices. But even though Jerusalem maintained a certain level of authority in such matters, the generosity of the congregation at Antioch toward the Jerusalem church in time of need reflects a growing mutuality of care that connects differing faith...
Topics: Gentiles, disciples, Christians, Antioch
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Sep 23, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 11: 1-18 God continues to lead the early Christians out of their comfort zone--into the homes of uncircumcised Gentiles, considered to be unclean. There was astonishment among the circumcised believers that the gift of the Holy Spirit "had been poured out even on the Gentiles" (10:45) Peter admits to a powerful lesson that we still need to hear in today's church--that he is "learning that God doesn't show partiality to one group of people over another." (10:34) "If...
Topics: Circumcised, Holy Spirit, Peter
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Sep 16, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 9: 1-20 The conversion of Pharisee Saul, murderous persecutor of the church, into the apostle Paul, great evangelist for the early church, is a story of intense personal transformation and a call to serve. The God who raised Jesus from the dead is sometimes a God who surprises us, takes hold of us, and radically change us. Are we comfortable with this possibility? Join us in worship this Sunday as we continue to journey through the book of Acts, learning lessons from the early church about...
Topics: Saul, generosity, gratutude, serving
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Sep 9, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 8: 26-40 "How can I understand Scripture unless someone guides me?" So asks the Ethiopian eunuch in his encounter with Philip on a wilderness road going down from Jerusalem to Gaza. The eunuch had been studying the scriptures alone and searching for God. But sometimes the Spirit requires conversation with another disciple before we can fully understand and believe. God has wired us to guide one another on the journey of discipleship!
Topics: Acts, Philip, wilderness, journey of discipleship
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Sep 2, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 7: 44-60 The earnest prayer of Stephen as he is martyred provides the context for the calling of the apostle Paul. Prayers, like Stephen's, that petition God for forgiveness of another make second chances for spiritual renewal possible. For whom does the church pray today? And what is the concern of our intercession?
Topics: Stephen, martyred, apostle Paul, spiritual renewal
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Aug 26, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 4:36-37, 5:12-14, 17-21, 26-33, 34-42 In this week's text we are first presented with the standoff between the Jerusalem Jewish Council and Peter and the apostles. Earlier the disciples had been warned not to speak in Jesus' name and they will be warned again. They respond to this second warning by insisting that theirs is a higher loyalty. "We must obey God rather than any human authority." The council is furious at their response and wants to kill the disciples, but they are...
Topics: Acts, Jewish Council, Pharisee, Gamaliel
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Aug 19, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 3: 1-10 What can God do through us when we come together to pray, to give, to heal, and to share? In his farewell speech, Jesus commissioned his apostles to a Spirit empowered witness "in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth". In this first sermon in the new series, the miraculous witness of the apostles in Jerusalem generates wonder and amazement and inspired speech by Peter about the continuing authority of the living Jesus. The bold witness of...
Topics: come together to pray, to give, to heal, to share, Judea, Samaria
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Aug 12, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Hebrews 12:18-29 May God give each of us the courage and strength to face the consuming fire, to be refined and purified so that we may make a difference in our family, our community, and the world. The gift we receive is an unshakable Kingdom!
Topics: courage, strength, make a difference
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Aug 5, 2013 Rev. Mike Dixon
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Acts 7: 51-60
Topic: Acts
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Aug 5, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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Luke 12: 49-56 In Monday's news we learned of an FBI sting that rescued 100 children and arrested 150 human traffickers across 76 cities. Sometimes I feel like we talk about Jesus with such an emphasis on peace and serenity to the point I fear we become complacent with the heinous injustices around us. I find an unusual comfort in Jesus' declaration that he came not to bring "peace" but tension and division even among the closest relationships. The Lord's Peace will come, but the...
Topics: tension, division, Lord's Peace
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Jul 29, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Hebrews 11:29-12:2 In a culture of both church and society which emphasizes feeling, freedom, immediate gratification, and self-expression, have we deleted endurance from our list of virtues? These portraits of faith from Hebrews include tragedy as well as triumph, failure as well as success. Both experiences are familiar to us and both are descriptions of the life of trust in God. We are called to draw strength from the enduring witness of these pilgrims in the faith as well as confidence from...
Topics: immediate gratification, self=expression, witness of pilgrims, church & society
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Jul 29, 2013 Tim Wise
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Luke 11: 1-13 If you find time before worship this week, look at the Lord's Prayer according to Luke's gospel and notice the slight differences between it and the more common version found in Matthew's gospel. Persistence in our prayer is also a necessity. In other words, if you don't get an answer right away, you have got to keep trying. Perseverance is the way we are to ask God for the Holy Spirit. We are taught to ask day by day, and we are not to take God's silence as rejection. The...
Topics: Lord's Prayer, Persistence, Perseverance, prayer
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Jul 23, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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Luke 10: 38-42 "Catch the Flame: Burning Long vs. Burning Out" In Luke's account of Mary and Martha, the two sisters seem to represent two extremes. Martha represents the dutiful hostess who ironically, is drawn away from her guest by making all kinds of preparations for him. Mary on the other hand seems to represent someone who has chosen the "work" of contemplation or to listen attentively to Jesus. Both tasks are necessary to a healthy Spiritual life. But it also seems...
Topics: Mary, Martha, healthy Spiritual life
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Jul 15, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16 Abraham and Sarah knew these truths: Life is pilgrimage; and God can be trusted to keep his promises, no matter the time that passes or the circumstances that seem hopeless. Therefore we can walk where God leads with confidence and hope for the future. What is invisible will become visible as we follow.
Topics: Abraham, Sarah, pilgrimage, hope for the future
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Jul 8, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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2Kings Elijah, mighty prophet of the Lord, is about to be taken away from his understudy, Elisha, by a chariot of fire in a whirlwind into heaven. The elder prophet asks the younger: "What may I do for you before I am taken from you?" Elisha, the younger asks: "Please let me inherit a double portion of your spirit." What does it mean to take up the mantle of our fathers and mothers in the faith so that we may receive even a portion of their dedication, commitment, and...
Topics: Elijah, prophet, inherit, commitment, character
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Jul 1, 2013 Rev. Vicki Huches
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Galatians 5:1, 13-15 To be truly free is to move beyond the prison of preoccupation with self and to move into the risk and the joy of serving others in love. But as the apostle Paul reminds us, the life of freedom always involves a continuing struggle to "Live by the Spirit" while facing the reality that we are still prisoners of this flesh!
Topics: free, apostle Paul, freedom, "Live by the Spirit"
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Jul 1, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Galatians 5: 1, 13-15 To be truly free is to move beyond the prison of preoccupation with self and to move into the risk and the joy of serving others in love. But as the apostle Paul reminds us, the life of freedom always involves a continuing struggle to "Live by the Spirit" while facing the reality that we are still prisoners of this flesh!
Topics: free, "Live by the Spirit", apostle Paul, freedom
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Jun 24, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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I Kings 19: 1-4, 9-18 As the prophet of the Lord, Elijah participated in a miracle of God by defeating the 400 prophets of Baal. God had commissioned him to a difficult task. He had to confront the wickedness of a king and the lack of faithfulness of the people. Even though God was victorious through him, Elijah was only human. When he learned that Queen Jezebel vowed to kill him, he became afraid and ran for his life. The story of how Elijah met God on Mount Horeb and was re-kindled in his...
Topics: Elijah, Queen Jezebel, Mount Horeb, serve as a prophet
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Jun 18, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Galatians 3: 23-4: 7 The apostle Paul addresses his message to churches facing a crisis because false teachers are attempting to make them follow the "works of the law" and be circumcised. Rather than engaging the "works of the law," Christians are to follow the "law of Christ," which is the law of love. When we belong to Christ, we are heirs to the promise of God through Abraham. We are no longer in bondage to the law but are set free to love and to serve as...
Topics: apostle Paul, circumcised, law of Christ, abba!Father
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Jun 11, 2013 Jeremy Knight
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Act 2: 42-47 Months ago, as Vicki and Paul disclosed that our Pentecost Season would center around a theme of 'Catching the Flame' and as I have taken it, a call to live empowered by the Holy Spirit I was immediately energized and secretly giddy about possibly having the opportunity to share a sermon-or-two. After Memorial Day weekend, where I had the opportunity to share with the 9 o'clock service, I have found myself continually drawn to the book of Acts. It is here that we can always find...
Topics: Pentecost, Grace, Peace of Jesus Christ
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Jun 3, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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Old Testament Lesson: 1 Kings 18: 20-39 There had been drought in Israel for 3 years while King Ahab and the people had been worshiping a deity called "ba'al". "Ba'al" was thought to be god of the skies, fire, rain, and fertility. Then in an epic move, a single prophet of God challenged 450 prophets of ba'al to a showdown on Mount Carmel--on their turf to see who would be God over Israel. The god who answered with fire would be declared the winner and the undisputed God of...
Topics: Ba'al, King Ahab, God of Israel
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May 28, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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Text: 2 Samuel 3: Selected Verses (3:1, 7-10, 12, 20-21, 26-29, 31-35, & 39) "War is Hell", we hear it all the time from movies and from people who have been there. For me the worst thing about war is the way it deprives all of the participants of their humanity. Even those who survive combat often return feeling misunderstood by the folks back home. This is the second week in the season of Pentecost, a time in the year when we highlight the way the Holy Spirit works in and...
Topics: War, warriors, peace
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May 27, 2013 Jeremy knight
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text: 2 Samuel 3: Selected Verses (3:1, 7-10, 12, 20-21, 26-29, 31-35, & 39) "War is Hell", we hear it all the time from movies and from people who have been there. For me the worst thing about war is the way it deprives all of the participants of their humanity. Even those who survive combat often return feeling misunderstood by the folks back home. This is the second week in the season of Pentecost, a time in the year when we highlight the way the Holy Spirit works in and...
Topics: war, holy spirit, warriors, peace
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May 20, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Acts 2: 1-21 Too often we imagine that we are required to "muster up" more energy; that a passion to serve is something we create by an act of will. The story of Pentecost reminds us that God's life-giving energy comes to us as pure gift. May God's love and grace kindle a fire in our souls through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Topics: passion to serve, Pentecost, Holy Spirit
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May 15, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21 How do we understand the connection between our achievements in life and the grace of God? What does it mean that we will be judged for our works and yet are only saved and set free by God's grace? The risen Christ says: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." When we respond to his invitation to "Come" we cannot fail. When we learn to live with gratitude and in the flow of his grace, we cannot...
Topics: God's grace, love and serve
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May 6, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Revelation 21: 10, 22 - 22: 5 We like to keep God in certain places: in the church, with certain people, or in a particular location. If we are not careful, we attempt to control God with our theologies, our tabernacles, and services. In the vision of the New Jerusalem, the Holy City, God is no longer limited by time and space. The Holy City is a city with an open door, with gates that will never be shut. It is a place for all nations and peoples where evil will have no presence. There will be...
Topics: New Jerusalem, the Holy City, Light of the Lamb
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May 6, 2013 Rev Vicki Hughes
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Revelation 21: 10, 22 - 22: 5 We like to keep God in certain places: in the church, with certain people, or in a particular location. If we are not careful, we attempt to control God with our theologies, our tabernacles, and services. In the vision of the New Jerusalem, the Holy City, God is no longer limited by time and space. The Holy City is a city with an open door, with gates that will never be shut. It is a place for all nations and peoples where evil will have no presence. There will be...
Topics: New Jerusalem, Holy City, Light of the Lamb
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Apr 29, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Revelation 21: 1-6 Join us for worship this Sunday as we give thanks for God's sustaining, renewing presence through the all the transitions of life. Scripture promises that our world will be fully redeemed in the times ahead through the power of the Holy Spirit. God will make all things new! How can this promise help us move through chaos, struggle, and uncertainty in our lives?
Topics: fully redeemed, power of the Holy Spirit, chaos, struggle, uncertailty
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Apr 22, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Revelation 7: 9-17 The last "book" of the Bible is a pastoral letter written by a 1st century Christian prophet who experienced a vision of the resurrected Jesus-a vision empowered from beginning to end by the Holy Spirit. How can a message written for 1st century Christians in Asia deepen our contemporary experience of faithful living and Spirit-led worship? The next four Sundays we will listen for God's word to us from the Revelation to John!
Topics: 1st century, resurrected Jesus, Holy Spirit
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Apr 15, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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John 21: 1-19 Jesus called his first followers from a life of fishing to a life of witnessing and caring. But even after the Risen Christ appeared to them twice and bestowed the Holy Spirit, the truth of the resurrection was difficult to sustain. They went back to fishing! It was business as usual. Going back to business as usual was a problem for the first disciples. It is still a challenge for us. How do we translate our belief in the resurrection into life and mission in the world? Easter...
Topics: fishing, witnessing, resurrection
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Apr 8, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 24: 13-35 Resurrection Life is not just about spending eternity with God in heaven.It has to do with the ordinary, everyday circumstances of our lives here on earth. The risen Christ comes to us as we walk to our homes and as we share meals every day with others.Lord, give us eyes to see!
Topics: Resurrection, Life, risen, Christ
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Apr 1, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 24: 1-13 Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by a God who never stops seeking to heal, forgive, restore, and resurrect our lives. The invitation of Easter is to bring all of our imperfections to the cross of Jesus Christ-the parts of us that have tried and failed to do life exactly right. We don't have to resurrect ourselves. The power of grace overcomes all fear, doubt, and failure. The God who created us is still creating us! Every Easter is a new beginning!
Topics: raised, Easter, resurrect
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Mar 25, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Philippians 2: 5-11 The apostle Paul believes that there is an approach to life--to others, to self, to God--that characterizes those who are "in Christ Jesus". Do nothing from selfish ambition Do nothing from conceit Do not look to your own interests In humility, regard others as better than yourselves Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others He calls up the Philippian community--upon us--to let sacrificial love qualify all relationships.
Topics: selfish ambition, conceit, interests
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Mar 19, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Isaiah 43: 16-21 Can we still believe in a good God, when awful things have happened to us? Can we still trust that God will be faithful to us, even when God seems absent? Can we hope that God is still at work in our lives even when no future seems possible? Our God is the God who makes a way where there is no way. In this we can rejoice together!
Topics: believe, hope, future
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Mar 19, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Isaiah 43: 16-21 Can we still believe in a good God, when awful things have happened to us? Can we still trust that God will be faithful to us, even when God seems absent? Can we hope that God is still at work in our lives even when no future seems possible? Our God is the God who makes a way where there is no way. In this we can rejoice together!
Topics: believe, faithful, absent
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Mar 11, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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The Gospel reading is the Parable of the Prodigal Son...and his older brother. Most of the time when this story is preached, the emphasis seems to fall on the Father's open-armed reception of his younger (rebellious) son. If this story were an 80's sit-com that's when the characters would freeze-frame, the theme music would play, and the story would end. But as the younger son's rebellion concludes, the older son's rebellion begins. I think important things can be learned from both sons'...
Topics: younger son, older son, rebellion
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Mar 4, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Isaiah 55: 1-9 Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord asks those returning from exile: "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy?" (v. 2) Why do we fill our lives with more and more only to discover that we are still hungry, still thirsty? Deep and lasting satisfaction is only found in relation to God. Let everyone who is thirsty, come!
Topics: thirsty, satisfaction, exile
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Feb 25, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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The Lenten focus of self-examination offers the chance to look within our souls to understand our questions, doubts, and fears in times of struggle. One of our biggest fears has to do with the uncertainties in life over which we have no control. The scripture invites us to a real and honest relationship with God-one in which fear is transformed into faith and doubt grows into confidence.
Topics: doubts, fears, struggle
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Feb 4, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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1 Corinthians 13: 1-7 What do people need that congregations offer? People need to know that they are not alone; that when they face life's difficulties, they are surrounded by a community of grace. The church is called to become a "school for love" where people learn from one another how to love. We become a school for love by learning to offer and accept forgiveness. We become a school for love by learning how to serve and be served.
Topics: congregation, community, grace, church
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Jan 28, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 4: 14-21 The ministry of Jesus was and still is good news for all who are poor, in bondage, blind, and oppressed. When we fail to reach out to others, it is often a sign of the lack of spiritual vitality in our own lives. First we must recognize our own need for the good news of the gospel. Then when we receive that good news, we will be set free to embody the love of God for others with passion and energy. What amazing things will God be able to do through us when we are willing to admit...
Topics: good news, gospel, healing
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Jan 21, 2013 Jeremy Knight
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Romans 10: 13-15 Some believe that that the universal way of communication is by that of 'story'. When we pull away from our personal story we often find there are many, many stories being told. The challenge for us this week is to ask some critical questions about how we author our story, or better yet is it our story at all? Come join us as we peel back the layers in hopes that the 'Good News' is proclaimed in the stories we tell as a community of faith.
Topics: story, 'Good News'
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Jan 21, 2013 Rev. Paul Roller
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Romans 10: 13-17 When the Scribe asked Jesus about the Greatest Commandment Jesus replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And the second one is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Your story matters both because it is part of the human experience, but also because your story is part of the experience of the Saints. You are important to God because you are a child of God. But...
Topics: story, lives, experiences
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Jan 14, 2013 Rev Vicki Hughes
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John 1: 35-51 Peter and Nathanael never would have followed Jesus and seen their lives transformed if they had not been invited by Andrew and Philip. Who were the people that invited you to experience a relationship with God through Jesus Christ? How can we become people who invite others to "come and see"? Notice that the model of witnessing demonstrated by John the Baptist, Jesus, Andrew and Peter does not argue, coerce, or belittle Nathanael's doubts. This biblical model simply...
Topics: Andrew, Phillip
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Jan 7, 2013 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Romans 5: 1-21 Being a "good person" is not enough to reconcile us to God and heal the brokenness of the world. The invitation is for each of us to recognize our deep need for "realignment", to receive the grace that only God can give, and to continue the exciting journey of growing in a personal relationship with God based on faith and not good works. Our serving in the world is best understood as an "overflow" and response to the amazing joy and strength that are...
Topics: realignment, relationship
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Dec 31, 2012 Jeremy Knight
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John 1:9-14, Luke 2:8-20 So the presents are unwrapped, visitors have come and gone and many have returned to work. For many of us the blur and chaos of the past few weeks have left us either tired and weary or filled with happiness from smiles and well-wishes. Is there more we have been called to receive? Truth be told, we have been offered much, much more by the gift of a Holy Child. Come join me as we ponder what it looks like to receive this child into our reality, here and now.
Topics: Holy Child, called to receive
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Dec 24, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 1:39-45 We celebrate the birth of a God who comes to us in miraculous, unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable ways. We are called to stand with Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she is told by the angel Gabriel that she will bear a child who will be the Son of God. What will enable us to trust that God's promises will be fulfilled? Do we dare to believe?
Topics: Celebrate, birth, Christ
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Dec 17, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 3: 7-18 Before we get to the manger, we pass through the desert where John is calling us to repent. Repentance is not about feeling guilty or feeling negative about our relationship with God. Rather, like those to whom John the Baptist originally preached, we are called to examine ourselves and to look for ways we can live faithfully in relationship with God and one another. What does it mean to prepare a way for God in our lives? How can we learn to practice repentance so that we may...
Topic: Repentance
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Dec 13, 2012 MSUMC
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Kevin's Funeral
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Dec 13, 2012 MSUMC
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Kevin's Funeral
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Dec 13, 2012 MSUMC
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Topic: Kevin
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Dec 13, 2012 Tom Fettke
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Christmas Cantata by Tom Fettke Performed by Chancel Choir/Orchestra Conducted by Ed Walker
Topic: Christmas
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Dec 10, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 1: 67-79 The priest Zechariah, in his old age, had been promised a child through his wife Elizabeth who would be great in the sight of the Lord and would lead the people back toward right worship of God. This child, John the Baptist, would prepare the way for the Lord. Understandably, Zechariah had a difficult time believe this at first and because of this, he became mute, unable to speak until the day he wrote on a tablet to name his son John, even though none of his relatives had that...
Topics: Joy, Advent
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Dec 3, 2012 Rev. Mike Hicks, Hattiesburg District Superintendent
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Whether you will be here this Sunday or not, I ask you to pause and pray for us as we worship and for our church's future as a beacon of Christ's light for our community. As you pray, please consider whether you are able to continue your current financial support of the budgeted ministries of Main Street UMC so that we may stay on the path of serving our community. We know that some face economic challenges or significant transitions in income. Yet many in our church are choosing to grow in the...
Topic: stewardship
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Nov 26, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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We are created by God to give to others and yet we are constantly tempted to keep for ourselves. What is it that enables some persons--regardless of financial means--to give generously and gladly? In the scripture lesson this Sunday, Jesus commends the poor widow's gift. He reminds us that it is not the size of the gift that matters but the comparison of the gift to what the giver has remaining for themselves. He simply notes that some, after giving large amounts, still have abundance, whereas...
Topic: stewardship
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Nov 19, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 12: 13-21; Hebrews 13: 5-6 Discontent is a frequent human experience. We can find we are never satisfied with anything. The moment we achieve or acquire something, we scarcely take time to enjoy it before we want something else. What is it that prompts us to chase after things that will never bring true happiness? Jesus told a story about a foolish rich man who tried to hoard his wealth against the uncertainty of the future. It is not that we are called to ignore our need for material...
Topic: Stewardship series: Contentment
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Nov 19, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Luke 12: 13-21; Hebrews 13:5-6 Discontent is a frequent human experience. We can find we are never satisfied with anything. The moment we achieve or acquire something, we scarcely take time to enjoy it before we want something else. What is it that prompts us to chase after things that will never bring true happiness? Jesus told a story about a foolish rich man who tried to hoard his wealth against the uncertainty of the future. It is not that we are called to ignore our need for material...
Topics: conentment, happiness
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Nov 12, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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Matthew 6: 25-34 During the coming weeks, Main Street's worship theme will be Discovering Joy: in Simplicity, in Contentment, in Generosity, in Commitment. Because it is stewardship season, we will of course, be invited to think about our relationship with money. The truth is that how we think about our money and how we use it are primary ways we gauge what is most important to us. On what does your "alrightness" in life depend? Stewardship season at Main Street UMC is always an...
Topic: Stewardship Season
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Oct 15, 2012 Rev. Vicki Hughes
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All Christian disciples are called to be witnesses to the good news of God's love. But not everyone is called to share that witness in the same way.
Topic: 1 John 3: 1-3 & Matthew 5:14-16